Sabrina Longo was born in Liverpool, and she was sure of her future in entertainment from an early age, after coming second place in the Mini Miss Merseyside beauty pageant.
Sabrina comes from a musical family and is the niece of Liverpool soul group ‘The Christians’ who had a string of hits in the 1980’s and 1990’s, including: Harvest for the World and Ideal World. The Christians still perform regularly across the UK, and tour internationally.
Sabrina began her performing career at the age of three when she attended stage school and took classes in Dance, Drama and Singing. Sabrina trained at the Chiltern School of Dance and Drama in West Derby, Liverpool, where she took a variety of exams in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Greek, National and Disco dancing, and gained certificates in Acting for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama exams. She also performed in shows on the Empire theatre, and performed at the Liverpool Playhouse Theatre, at the age of fourteen, as a lead dancer and singer in the pantomime Beauty and the Beast.
After studying Performing Arts at college, Sabrina studied for a degree at Edge Hill University, as she developed a passion for performing. She went on to perform in many plays ranging from classical texts like Shakespeare to modern day plays, and visited schools performing in Theatre in Education projects.
Sabrina won the Best Actor/Actress Under-21 Trophy at the Crosby Civic Hall, Liverpool, in 2001 playing the part of Amnesia in Oedecles King of Thebes, at the Lucilla One-Act Play Festival. The same award was won by, the now famous actor Tom Hughes, from Chester, (Cemetery Junction / The Lady Vanishes / Silk) in 2005.
Upon graduation Sabrina pursued a career in television, theatre and film, and appeared alongside David Tennant and Rupert Penry-Jones in Casanova (2005 - BBC 1 & 3), as an 18th century dancer. She also played a corpse in Revolver directed by Guy Ritchie, and played a student dancer in Hollyoaks (In Too Deep) in 2005.
Sabrina played the part of Patsy Lloyd in Misunderstood? A new musical drama by Barbara Philips, that was shown on the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, in 2005 and 2006, and again, at the Contact theatre in Manchester in January 2007. The BBC did an excellent review of the show, and Sabrina received great feedback on her performance from the famous actress Cathy Tyson (Band of Gold).
Sabrina also played the part of Esméralda in a professional production of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1999), an outdoor performance at the Birkenhead Priory that was directed by Marc Gee (writer of the film Al’s Lads).
Other roles have included a small part in the film My Kingdom starring the late Richard Harris, whom Sabrina met on set while getting her hair and make-up done. Sabrina remembers; “Richard Harris walked into the make-up trailer saying, “Hello Ladies”, we all giggled, and I remember feeling and looking at him in awe as he was such a huge star”. Other films Sabrina has worked on include 51st State starring Samuel L Jackson, and in 2013, Sabrina played a scared passer-by in the film Jack the Giant Killer.
Sabrina’s passion for performing also seen her win numerous awards in singing including 1st prize in the Grand Opera Class for singing Summertime from Porgy and Bess, which won her a place in the final of the Liverpool Voice of the Year contest at the Liverpool Performing Arts Festival, at St George’s Hall in 2007.
Sabrina has also performed regularly in concerts with the Una Voce Opera Company in Liverpool, as a soloist and as part of the chorus. She has sung opera for the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and the Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton, Merseyside. Sabrina also sang on stage with the English National Philarmonic Orchestra in The Magic of the Opera at Southport Theatre.
Sabrina’s diverse range of interests also includes teaching; she is a fully qualified teacher and lecturer of Performing Arts, and she also teaches PE in schools across Merseyside. Sabrina has experience teaching Dance and Drama for students studying GCSE / A level and BTEC courses.
In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym and taking Yoga classes.
Sabrina also reached the London finals of the first series of the BBC’s Fame Academy (2001), narrowly missing out on making it to the live shows.
Sabrina found fame on the reality TV show ‘Wannabe with Chanelle’ that was shown on MTV/VH1 (2007-2008). The show aimed to put together a new girl-group to rival those already on the scene, and held auditions all over the country. Sabrina had impressed the judges; music industry impresario Roseann McBride, former big brother contestant Chanelle Hayes, and vocal coach to the stars David Laudat, with her singing and dancing talent, and went on to win the show with her band at the time, Lady A.
Wannabe was a 6-part VH1 Production and proved a huge hit with the audience becoming VH1’s biggest rating show EVER reaching a staggering 2.4 million viewers!